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Student Ambassador Profile – Alex Plumb, BSAE ‘20

Name: Alex Plumb
Class: Junior
Hometown: Glendora, California
Major: Architectural Engineering

Why did you apply to be a student ambassador?
I wanted to add to the experience of a prospective student touring the University of Miami (UM) beyond the general information you can find on a website or in a large school-wide tour group. I want to be involved in helping others get excited about UM and the College of Engineering (CoE).

What advice would you offer to new engineering students?
Get involved! College opens up many new doors that you may never have thought existed or imagined yourself involved in. The experience and friendships gained through these activities are a necessary balance to your challenging engineering classes.

What do you feel is unique about being a student at UM College of Engineering?
There are many support services for students that are in place to help you succeed as an engineering student, including the many wonderful classmates you will have in your own CoE classes.

Describe what you are doing in this position.
I get to share my experiences at UM with prospective ‘Canes and answer any questions they may have, which provides them with valuable advice from the student perspective and enhances their visit to UM.

What did you learn at CoE that has helped you in your position?
The CoE places an importance on networking and making connections, encouraging students to get out and talk to those we may not usually approach whether it’s a group of prospective students or a recruiter at a career fair.

Which College student organization stands out to you and why?
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is one organization at the University and in COE that is important to me and my development at UM. They offer many services, such as science and math tutoring, for all students. They hold a culture of hands-on learning through actual construction, such as the concrete canoe they build every year. They are well connected with professionals in the Miami area and have a fun team atmosphere.

What do you feel you are getting out of this position?
I’m getting the chance to share my love for UM and, while at the same time helping others with their decision of where to attend college.

Why has this been a good experience for you?
I get to meet many prospective students with diverse and incredible backgrounds, and learn even more about UM through my own tours and education here.

What did you do during your summer 2018 break?
I was an architectural assistant in the Design Division of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. I also spent time shadowing at the Los Angeles branch of Structural Preservation Systems.

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